Chapter 27: Animal Behavior

Maternal Behavior

Interactive diagram describing how maternal behavior in rats is the result of an interplay between genes and environment

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=epigenetics-inheritance-acquired-characteristics

(Main Idea: Internal and external stimuli usually interact to trigger specific behaviors.)

 

 

Hibernation

Collection of high-quality photographs and videos about animal hibernation

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/adaptations/Hibernation

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/adaptations/Hibernation

(Main Idea: Some behaviors occur in cycles.)

 

 

Migration

Collection of high-quality photographs and videos about animal migration

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/adaptations/Animal_migration

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/adaptations/Animal_migration

(Main Idea: Some behaviors occur in cycles.)

 

 

Monarch Migration

Video describing the migration of monarch butterflies

http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/life/videos/monarch-butterfly-winter-migration.htm

(Main Idea: Some behaviors occur in cycles.)

 

 

Gray Whale Migration

Interactive animation in which you trace the migration of gray whales and learn about obstacles they encounter along the way

http://www.pbs.org/kqed/oceanadventures/episodes/whales/interact/

(Main Idea: Some behaviors occur in cycles.)

 

 

Learning in Chimpanzees

Video describing how chimpanzees learn through observation, imitation, and practice

http://www.janegoodall.org/media/videos/learning

(Main Idea: Many behaviors have both innate and learned components.)

 

 

 

Classical Conditioning

Simulation in which you pair a light or sound stimulus with food delivery to a dog and watch the effect on salivation

https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/johnchay/www/PL06/CC/CC.html

(Main Idea: Learning is adaptive.)

 

 

Operant Conditioning

Simulation in which you choose a behavior to reinforce and then watch as it increases in frequency

https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/johnchay/PL06/OC/OC.html

(Main Idea: Learning is adaptive.)

 

 

Territoriality

Video of male chimpanzees patrolling their territory

http://www.janegoodall.org/media/videos/chimp-patrol

(Main Idea: Animals perform behaviors whose benefits outweigh their costs.)

 

 

Social Behavior

Collection of high-quality photographs and videos about social behavior in animals

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/adaptations/Presociality

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/adaptations/Presociality

(Main Idea: Living in groups also has benefits and costs.)

 

 

Social Hunting

Podcast describing the complexities of social hunting and communication in hyenas

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/perfect-hunter.html

(Main Idea: Social behaviors are interactions between members of the same or different species.)

 

 

Sound Communication

Collection of high-quality photographs and videos about acoustic communication in animals

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/adaptations/Hearing_%28sense%29

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/adaptations/Hearing_%28sense%29

(Main Idea: Social behaviors are interactions between members of the same or different species.)

 

 

Chemical Communication

Collection of high-quality photographs and videos about chemical communication in animals

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/adaptations/Semiochemical

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/adaptations/Semiochemical

(Main Idea: Social behaviors are interactions between members of the same or different species.)

 

 

Whale Calls

Map in which you listen to whale calls and help scientists organize them

http://whale.scientificamerican.com/

(Main Idea: Social behaviors are interactions between members of the same or different species.)

 

 

Ants at War

Slideshow of photographs documenting war among ant species

http://www.scientificamerican.com/slideshow.cfm?id=ants-at-war-slide-show

(Main Idea: Social behaviors are interactions between members of the same or different species.)

 

 

Eusocial Behavior

Collection of high-quality photographs and videos about eusocial animals

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/adaptations/Eusociality

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/adaptations/Eusociality

(Main Idea: Eusocial behavior is an example of extreme altruism.)

 


Leaf-Cutter Ants

Collection of high-quality photographs and videos about social behavior in animals

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Atta_%28genus%29

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Atta_%28genus%29

(Main Idea: Eusocial behavior is an example of extreme altruism.)

 

 

Animal Intelligence

Interactive presentation in which you listen to audio files describing the intelligence of different animals and then vote for your favorite

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/favorite-smart-animal.html

(Main Idea: Animal intelligence is difficult to define.)

 

 

Cephalapod Intelligence

Video showing an octopus that figured out how to open a jar on its own

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/cephalapod-intelligence.html

(Main Ideas: Some animals can solve problems.)

 

 

Tool Use

Slideshow featuring nine examples of tool use in animals

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/tool-using-animals.html

(Main Idea: Some animals can solve problems.)

 

 

Chimpanzee Tools

Video describing many tool-using behaviors of chimpanzees

http://www.janegoodall.org/media/videos/tool-use

(Main Idea: Some animals can solve problems.)

 

 

Culture

Collection of high-quality photographs and videos about animal culture

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/adaptations/Animal_culture

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/adaptations/Animal_culture

(Main Idea: Cognitive ability may provide an adaptive advantage for living in social groups.)